“The Handplane Book” | Best Traditional Woodworking Books & DVDs

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 08-20-2014 07:19 PM 4971 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the above video I share another one of my absolute favorite books about traditional woodworking: “The Handplane Book” by Garrett Hack. Read my original blog post here.

I hesitated to buy this book because I thought it would just be a small book about someone’s handplane collection, but I finally decided to order it online. I was wrong about this book being slim on information. This book is exceptional and very helpful.

Not only does the book have beautiful photographs of historical and modern handplanes, but it also shares the history of handplanes, and more importantly how to refurbish, sharpen, tune, and use handplanes.

It’s also a fantastic reference book to help you identify plane types and characteristics. There are approximately 250 pages of very useful information on handplanes. I know, I know. I sound like a tool geek recommending a 250 page book on handplanes. But when you get interested in traditional woodworking, you devour anything you can get on hand tools. And this book is well written and keeps my attention. It’s hard to put this book down!

You can purchase The Handplane Book here:

Buy “The Handplane Book” at Amazon
Buy “The Handplane Book” at Highland Woodworking


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#1 posted 08-20-2014 08:05 PM

Thank you for maintaining this blog. It looks to be a very useful resource concerning hand tools.

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 08:59 PM

You’re sure welcome Ed! I hope you subscribe & follow my future stuff.

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